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Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to my Holiday Gift Guide! In here you will find my recommendations for different holidays throughout the year. This guide will be updated as I post, so be on the lookout for more items.

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Give the Dad in your life the gift of Lugz this Father’s Day! He is sure to love them!

About Lugz

Always an innovator and leader in footwear, Lugz first made a name for itself in October of 1993, bringing its first line of boots to market, with the initial product consisting of two styles of boots, a quilted vest and a pair of jeans.

Soon Lugz was endorsed by key players from the world of hip hop and has continued to do so through out the years. One such collaboration led Lugz to breathe life to a whole new category of footwear with the introduction of the first ever celebrity-endorsed “Funk Master Flex” urban driving shoe. This was only the beginning as support then lead to a collaborative line with hip-hop superstar Bryan “Baby” Williams, aka “Birdman” with his own series of sneakers and boots.

From its inception, Lugz footwear has been an innovator in the footwear market from its signature styles, to creating trendsetting styles beyond boots and has added casual shoes and athletics to the mix for the Lugz men, Lugz women and Lugz kids lines.

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My Thoughts

Honestly, I didn’t know  what to expect. Most of the time when ordering shoes on the internet, you don’t get what you are expecting. When these shoes came from Lugz, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were exactly as they should be! The fit is great, and the comfort level is off the charts! I love the black/gum style, as it reminds me of shoes from when I grew up. These shoes are very stylish and go well with pretty much any clothing worn. They can be worn with or without socks, without any discomfort. These are very budget friendly, only costing around $40. There are other colors you can choose from, not just the black/gum. Lugz has really made a lasting impression on me and my family, and have exceeded our expectations!

Giveaway!

Who’s ready for a giveaway? Lugz has generously offered up a pair of the Seabrook shoes for 1 lucky winner! Just follow the widget instructions below, and good luck! Giveaway starts now, and ends at NOON EST on Sunday June 18!

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Get Dad the gift of summer fun this Father’s Day! Keep reading for some great gift ideas.

Hershey’s S’Mores Caddy

summerThis handy box with a carrying handle holds everything needed to make yummy s’mores, including Hershey’s Chocolate Bars, graham crackers and marshmallows. Just load up the removable tray and take the caddy to the backyard, campsite, beach, etc. You can also use the Caddy to store items for later use.

My Thoughts

This caddy was just what we’ve been needing! We do a lot of S’Mores making throughout the summer. This summerhandy caddy has a place for everything. You put your marshmallows in the bottom, and your chocolate and graham crackers in top. It snaps shut to keep it all in, and has a handle for easy transport! This has really made it easier for us to enjoy our S’Mores time, without having to worry about bugs getting into our food. It looks super cute, too!

Mr. Bar-B-Q Kickstand Tools

summerKeeping your grill set and area clean is a breeze with the Mr. Bar-B-Q® Kickstand Grill Tool Set. With a serrated-edge spatula, tongs and marinating brush, this utensil set provides everything you need for cookout success. The kickstand design keeps each tool propped up to decrease the mess.

FEATURES:

  • Grilling tool set
  • Includes a spatula, tongs, and marinating brush
  • Spatula boasts serrated edges on two sides for versatile use
  • Kickstand design helps keep grilling area clean
  • Durable utensils for multi-season use
  • Notch/hang loop for easy hanging

My Thoughts

My husband loves these tools! He’s an avid griller, and will BBQ at least once a week all year round, even in the winter. These tools reallysummer do it for him. The kickstand is awesome, as it lets him sit his gear down without getting it dirty. The spatula is nice and sharp, and does well with cutting, turning, and such. The baster brush is awesome! His old one is wooden with rough bristles like a paint brush, so it was hard to clean. The silicone design of this brush makes it a breeze to clean! The tongs are perfect for dogs, brats, or even corn on the cob. They grab the food nicely, preventing them from falling while being plated. This set has quickly become my husbands favorite!

Armor All Grill Cover

summerProtect your grill from elements the Armor All way all year long. This medium grill cover is made of high grade materials and is tested for strength and durability. It features include hook and loop side closures, handles, buckles, double stitched bottom seams, stylish taupe piping trim and pocket air vents that reduce condensation and wind lofting.

  • Fits most medium grills
  • UV protection treatment and cold crack resistant
  • 4 secure bottom buckles, 2 fabric handles, 2 pocket air vents, and stylish taupe piping trim

My Thoughts

This is a very nice grill cover. It fits my husband’s gas grill perfectly, protecting it from dust and dirt. It is made of high quality material, and the black with tan piping looks very “manly.” We have a lot of construction going on right outside of our house at the moment. This cover has made a huge difference. It has kept all of the dirt, dust and debris from coating our grill, which in turn would contaminate our food. It looks very stylish, and is easy to take on and off.

Sabatier 8″ and 4.5″ Knives

Sabatier EdgeKeeper Knives feature a sheath with innovated technology that is designed to automatically sharpen the blade with eachsummer use. The EdgeKeeper protective sheath contains a built-in mechanism that hones the blade before and after each use, maintaining a blade’s razor-sharp edge. The blade is made from high-carbon steel that lends strength, sharpness, and durability. Knives are not dishwasher safe. Hand-wash with warm water and a mild detergent; rinse and dry immediately.

My Thoughts

Holy Moly! These knives are sharp! I used the smaller one first, to slice onion for our burgers. It seriously sliced right through them like nothing. I had the perfect onion slices, and it took less time because of the quality of the knife. I adore the fact that there is a blade cover for each knife. This means I can store them in a drawer safely, and not worry about cutting myself when reaching into the drawer.

Another really cool feature of these knives is the self sharpening cover. Every time you put the knives back into their cover, it sharpens them. This keeps them ready for use, and they never get dull. The handle is beautiful and has a nice grip to it so your knife won’t slip while in use. Overall, these knives are amazing and I can’t wait to get more to add to my collection!

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Axe has a line of product that has amazing scents. If you want to treat your Dad, or other family member to a great gift this Father’s Day, then look no further than Axe.

The Products

scentCool Charge Body Wash

With notes of chilly iced mint and refreshing ginger, this intensely cooling body wash has advanced touch release technology to release fresh bursts of fragrance with every touch of your skin. Just lather on, rinse and dry, and stay energized all day.

Skin Hydrator Body Wash

Nothing will cramp your style when your skin stays moisturized and refreshed all day long. This moisturizing men’s body wash scented with bergamot and cedarwood will have you feeling energized and confident – it goes great with everything you wear.

Charcoal & Clean Body Wash

Charcoal and a touch of water mint give you a deep clean and an invigorating, fresh scent. Touch release technology releases fresh bursts of fragrance with every touch of your skin all day long.

Signature Gold Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick & Spray

A mysterious scent of wood and dark vanilla. This antiperspirant stick goes on instantly dry with anti marks protection, keeping you scentfresh and protected from sweat for 48 hours.

Signature Night Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick & Spray
A mysterious scent of wild lavender, spicy cardamom and sweet praline. This antiperspirant spray goes on instantly dry with no visible residue, keeping you fresh and protected from sweat for 48 hours.
Signature Forest Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick & Spray

An invigorating scent of fresh pear and spicy star anise. Forget about white marks and yellow stains! This dry spray antiperspirant goes on instantly dry, keeping you fresh and protected from sweat for 48 hours.

Signature Island Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick & Spray

An exotic scent of tangerine, apricot and fig. Forget about white marks and yellow stains! This antiperspirant stick goes on instantly dry, keeping you fresh and protected from sweat for 48 hours.

My Thoughts

scentMy husband and sons dearly love Axe products.  They are loyal to the brand, and will only use Axe. My oldest son too over the Skin Hydrator Body Wash right away, because it has Bergamot in it. Bergamot happens to be his favorite essential oil.

My youngest son sweats terribly, and we have a hard time finding a deodorant that will work. Fortunately, Axe does the trick! The Axe Signature series really keeps him smelling fresh throughout the day, no matter how sweaty he gets. He loves that they come in a spray, because he doesn’t like the feel and texture of a stick deodorant.

These Axe products are simply amazing. They work great, and keep my teens smelling fresh. It doesn’t take a lot of body wash, so it lasts for a while. I love that there are different formulas, so that my boys can use what they need, when they need it. There are 4 different scents of deodorants, and each one is unique. This is great because they can wear whatever scent they are feeling, and they have several to choose from.

Overall, the Axe products featured in this post are wonderful! My boys really enjoyed testing them out, and have made it known that they want them all the time.

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About Swift Distillery

We’re tough, hard-working, self-sufficient, and passionate about the things we love. Tired of investing long hours in service of someone else’s vision, the best part of every day was when we’d work together — to create a delicious meal, enjoy a drink, and discuss our dreams.

We realized we wanted to work together, and wanted to see the world to gather its wisdom. We wanted to create something meaningful, tangible, and authentic — something delicious, to make the best single malt whisky ever tasted stateside.

Hundreds of recipes were tested throughout the creation of Swift Single Malt. Our stills are run bucket-by-bucket to fine-tune the spirit by taste. We’ve truly created a labor of love — in which 100% of the labor and the love come from us, personally.

We’re passionate about bringing this traditional single malt recipe and authentic process to life right here in Texas. We hope you’ll lay hands on a bottle of our best — and raise a glass to craftsmanship while you’re at it. We’ll be with you in spirit!

Why Is It Great For Father’s Day?

Simply put, it’s one of the very best.  Who doesn’t want to give their father the best? This whiskey is very smooth, and has a brilliant flavor to it. It’s great by itself, or in a mixed drink. I personally like to mix it with my favorite soda, over ice. This would be a great Father’s Day gift for someone who loves good, quality whiskey, or even for the person that is a collector. Now, keep in mind that this is only available in Texas right now. Soon, though, they are hoping to get it online, so that anyone can purchase! Swift Whiskey is seriously one of the best whiskey’s I’ve tasted. I’m pretty particular with my drinks, and I won’t drink it if it doesn’t taste good. I highly recommend Swift Whiskey.

 

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You are sure to love the Ginger Julep from Rebel Yell! It’s National Mint Julep Day, so try out the Ginger Julep!

About Rebel Yell

julepRebel Yell recipe was invented in 1849, around the same time as other famous bourbons. This happened at what would later become the famouse Stitzel-Weller distillery. It was marketed as “Honest whiskey at an honest price.” In 1879, Frekerick Stitzel patented the barrel storage system that Rebel Yell still uses today. In 1936 Rebel Yell was officially introduced as a registered brand. Rebel Reserve made its debut in 2008. In 2018, Rebel Yell plans to stake its claim in Bourbon Country with the opening of Lux Row Distillery.

Rebel Yell Ginger Whiskey

tasting notes

SMOOTH AND SPICY GINGER PAIRED PERFECTLY WITH VANILLA AND BUTTERSCOTCH.

ingredients

CORN, WHEAT, MALT, NATURAL GINGER FLAVOR, CARAMEL COLOR

nose

REFRESHING GINGER SPICE FOLLOWED BY HINTS OF CARAMEL AND OAK.

Ginger Julep

ingredients

2 oz.Rebel Yell® Ginger Whiskeyjulep
1 oz.Simple Syrup
5-6 Sprigs of fresh mint

instructions

Muddle mint in bottom of glass.
Add crushed ice, Rebel Yell® Ginger and Simple Syrup.
Garnish with more fresh mint.

My Thoughts

To be honest, I’ve not had whiskey very often. I’m not a connoisseur by any means, but I feel like I know a good whiskey when I taste it. Rebel Yell is definitely a good whiskey! The flavor was smooth, with just enough ginger. At first I worried that the ginger would be overpowering, but that wasn’t the case at all! I had never had any kind of Julep before, so I tried both a mint and a ginger julep. I really liked them both, as I really love fresh mint. But, I have to say that the ginger julep added just a bit more. It had that ginger taste to it, and it was really good! So, if you are into juleps, I highly recommend trying Rebel Yell Ginger Whiskey and their ginger julep recipe!

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Divaderme Cosmetics has just the makeup you need to enhance your eyes!

About Divaderme

makeupDivaderme Professional Cosmetics is a world famous luxurious line of 2 in 1 beauty products, a perfect fusion of 100% natural Problem Solution Cosmetics + Advanced Lavish Treatments. Founded and formulated in Italy by a family team of visionaries, inventors, natural chemists, and professional artists, Divaderme Professional Cosmetics has evolved science and nature’s secrets to create the most prestigious formulations imaginable. Divaderme’s beautiful long lashes, perfectly shaped eyebrows, luscious shimmering lips, flawless makeup and radiant skincare are in a class of their own.

For over 30 years, Divaderme’s sophisticated Semi-Permanent niche products perform with unparalleled refinement and instant dramatic results. Each treatment is prepared with nature’s finest ingredients creating the world’s most innovative avant-garde formulations. A perfect fusion of art, science and luxury Divaderme Professional Cosmetics delivers amazing products with effortless elegance. Luminous textures and a pallet of chic European ultra feminine colors are used to create timeless beauty. Divaderme Professional Cosmetics is the choice of the world’s most discerning women. Become an instant Diva with Divaderme Professional Cosmetics.

My Thoughts

Before receiving Divaderme Cosmetics for review, I had never heard of them. I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I figured I would just jump on in and start using them. Divaderme has a 2-in1 semi-permanent treatment serum that gives you a sun kissed glow. It’s easy to apply and doesn’t dry sticky and weird feeling.

My initial thought was that I loved the selection. There is a great variety to choose from within each product in their line. You can sufficiently choose the color that best suits you.

Liners

makeupThe liners state that they are semi-permanent, meaning they will stay put until they are washed off. I found this to be true. I put the liner on in the morning, and admittedly, I slept in it that night, and it was still there the next morning. Yes, I know, I shouldn’t sleep in my makeup. In my defense, I was super tired and just couldn’t stay away to take it off..lol.

Now, with the liners, there are eye liners and lip liners. They aren’t marked as such, just as a liner, so they can actually be interchanged as lip or eye liner. There was several colors to choose from, from blacks to pinks. I’ve used it as both myself. The liner can be used as a lip stain as well! That I found out by accident..haha! I had put too much liner on my lip and it ran down a bit. Being semi-permanent, it didn’t just rub off, so I decided to just go with it. It doesn’t dry my lips out at all, and looks great with or without a gloss.

Brows

There are so many things that I aspire to do with my brows, but let’s be honest. I suck at doing my brows. Divaderme has helped boostmakeup my confidence with their brow products! The brow extender has fibers in it, like a fiber mascara, so I thought it wouldn’t work because I don’t have brows. I have microbladed brows only, without any brow hair. But, I thought I would give it a shot. I was loving how it turned out! It was so easy to apply, and didn’t run or smear. It didn’t make my brows look fake or weird. And the best part? It stayed put! No rubbing off throughout the day at all!

Lashes

Divaderme offers two different types of mascara. Both are absolutely great and I don’t have a favorite out of the two. They both go on very well, with no clumping. The color stays put all day, and doesn’t migrate to my eyelids. I love the way that these masacras make my lashes look. I’m telling you, it looks like I have falsies on! I generally have allergy issues when it comes to makeup, and the mascara from Divaderme doesn’t affect my allergies at all. It’s really great!

makeupI’m really enjoying the Divaderme Cosmetics. They even sent a beautiful case to keep it all in! It has a mirror in the top,with plenty of room to store my beauty supplies.

 

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Do you like cocktails? You will love them after trying them with Purity Vodka!

About Purity Vodka

Purity Vodka is the result of a long lasting quest to redefine ultra-premium vodka, bringing character to a spirit which by tradition is more one of image and style rather than substance. Daring to stand out from the crowded cluster of neutral, mainstream vodkas, Purity Vodka has not been made to please everyone. It is full-bodied, complex and loaded with character yet, smooth and sophisticated.

Combining heritage and innovation, Purity Vodka comes to life in a unique vodka still made of copper and gold at 13th Century Ellinge Castle in the south of Sweden. Purity Vodka is made exclusively from natural ingredients including the very finest organic winter wheat and malted barley and is certified organic in Europe and the US.

Purity Vodka has developed a unique still system specifically for vodka production. During the thirty-four distillations, ninety percent of the liquid is lost. The remaining spirit is so refined that no filtration is necessary, leaving all the natural flavors and character in the vodka.

My Thoughts

I am in awe of this vodka. Normally, I just get the cheap stuff at the local liquor store, so imagine my delight when I had the chance to try Purity. This is a high quality vodka, and the taste shows that. This can be used in many cocktails and mixed drinks, or it is perfect on it’s own. The bottle makes this the perfect gift due to it’s elegant design. This would make the perfect gift for anyone (over 21, of course!).

Purity Vodka has a page on their website dedicated to cocktail recipes! How cool is that?!? I know that I personally can’t wait to try every single one of the recipes. I have tried a few so far, and I am in love. The Cherry Blomma cocktail is one of my favorites. The ingredients and directions are simple. These cocktails can be ready in minutes, leaving you more time to enjoy!

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Hard Candy has brought you the Pro Eyeshadow Palette. It has 15 shades of wonderful in it!

About the palette..

eyeshadowThe Hard Candy Pro Eyeshadow Palette Artiste Kit is its best palette yet! This palette contains 15 matte eyeshadow shades and 4 professional eyeshadow brushes–everything you need to create makeup artist quality looks for any occasion. These shades have been curated to include the perfect range of blending, crease, accent, and lid colors. Create any look you desire, from simple to dramatic or neutral to bold.

Hard Candy Pro Eyeshadow Palette Artiste Kit:

  • 15 matte eyeshadow shades and 4 professional eyeshadow brushes
  • Everything you need to create makeup artist quality looks for any occasion
  • Shades curated to include the perfect range of blending, crease, accent, and lid colors

My thoughts..

This palette has a good variety of colors in it. They aren’t super bright, which means they will work for pretty much any occasion. The eyeshadowcolors blend pretty easily, and with the colors in this palette, you can mix and match them without any issue. I like that they included two brushes, and I appreciate that they weren’t the foam tipped ones. The brushes are very nice and work well with this eyeshadow.

Hard Candy does not test on animals, which is a huge plus for me. I love that they are ethical like that! This shadow can be used dry, or for a bold effect, it can also be used wet. Now, what I’ve done, with the darker colors, is used them as an eyeliner. They work very well, and generally stay put!

There is some fall out with this shadow, but that is to be expected with any shadow. It usually just brushes away easily. This would be a great palette for a young girl just starting to experiment with makeup, or a seasoned professional. The price is right, at only $10.00, so you really can’t go wrong!

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If your mom is like me, she will tell you she doesn’t want anything for Mother’s Day. Don’t listen to her. Show her you care with All in the Cards products!

About All in the Cards..

momAt all in the cards, we customize product lines specific to each retailer and their customers. Rather than one catalog designed to have broad appeal, we focus on differentiated offerings that fuse current trends with each retailer’s brand, creating assortments that are unique to each retailer. Our longstanding relationships with factories ensure that all in the cards will not only have the best quality at an excellent value, but also innovative new solutions to save you and your customers even more. For over 2 decades, all in the cards has been continually recognized for on-time shipping performance and excellent overall execution. Our direct relationships with factories guarantee an expedient and cost-effective process, and we are constantly refining product development to promote growth and expansion.

We bring a personal approach to everything we offer, cultivating solid partnerships and long-term relationships with our customers.

All in the Cards takes the time to understand every partner we work with and apply our design and product expertise to create differentiated, innovative items specific to consumer’s needs and wants, aligning brands with what’s on trend at a great price.

We have long term relationships with some of America’s largest retailers and with facilities overseas, ensuring consistent production and delivery year after year. Our design team is trend-focused and flexible, providing each partner with a customized set of products that speak directly to their audience.

What they offer..

momThey offer a full line of products, from greeting cards to fabrics. I personally received an all-in-one gift bag set. It had the gift bag, tissue paper and greeting card all in one pack. I also received a Mother’s Day greeting card, as well as a trinket box and notepad. These items were a perfect Mother’s Day set.

 

The trinket box is perfect to sit on your dressed to hold little odds and ends such as change, hair things, rings, etc. It is made of sturdy cardboard, and is very pretty! I think it pairs nicely with the butterfly notepad! The little notepad is the perfect size to keep in a pocket book, or omomn a bedside table. I don’t know about you, but I have the habit of remembering things once I get comfy in  bed. The gift bag was extremely nice! It think that the all-in-one concept was brilliant! The greeting card had a beautiful design on it. The inside was blank so that you could write your own message to your mom.

Now, my mom has passed away recently, so I don’t have a mom to give something to this Mother’s Day. Let me tell you, though, if she were still here with us, she would have loved these items!

These amazing products are available at Target and WalMart.

 

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)Is your Mom #1? Show her how much you care, with Precious Moments.

About Precious Moments

It began more than three decades ago, when Precious Moments® creator, Sam Butcher, began drawing the endearing teardrop-eyed children he called “Precious Moments,” as gifts for family and friends. Today, his Precious Moments artwork is among the most recognized art in the world, sharing messages of loving, caring and sharing with collectors from around the globe.

#1 Mom

  • Leaving no doubt as to who is a blue ribbon mom, this sweet son holds up an award especially for the woman who always takescare first place in his heart
  • Let your mom know that her tireless efforts are not only noticed, but also thoroughly appreciated!
  • Give as a Mother’s Day gift or as a birthday gift or ‘just because’ gift for a mom you know and love
  • Meticulously sculpted of fine bisque porcelain and expertly hand painted
  • Approximately 4.75 inches high

Show your Mom that you care and give her this sweet figurine ($35.99) from Precious Moments. We all know that Mom is the person that helps us keep it together. This Precious Moments figurine is the perfect gift to let her know how much you care about, and appreciate, her.

This figurine is made with porcelain, and while it is fragile, it is made with great care. Precious Moments gifts are a timeless, classic, gift that all collectors love. Why not add to your loved one’s collection? This gift is the perfect Mother’s Day gift, but is not limited to just Mother’s Day. You can give this gift any time, for any reason, or no reason at all!

This figurine comes in either gender, and is only $35.99. Your loved one can join the Collector’s Club at the Precious Moments website, with just the click of the mouse! So, go ahead, and get your Mom the gift of Precious Moments 🙂

 

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